Growers are seeing a bump in the cost of Christmas trees

Christmas trees will cost more this year as the cost of tree seedlings and production is expected to rise, experts said. That means cuttings from America’s most famous Christmas trees may be more expensive…

Growers are seeing a bump in the cost of Christmas trees

Christmas trees will cost more this year as the cost of tree seedlings and production is expected to rise, experts said. That means cuttings from America’s most famous Christmas trees may be more expensive this year.

The National Christmas Tree Association said the cost of the wholesale Christmas tree seedlings, which come from rootstock trees, has already started to climb, to about $13.11 from $10.82 on April 1, according to moneynews.com. As prices have been on the rise, the association has told growers they can expect to see a $1-per-acre bump in the average price of their trees.

Growers have a little over a month to prepare for winter crop picking. The association recommends farmers get their trees cut and ready to ship before a spring freeze.

“If you want to cut your own trees this year,” the association said in a recent press release, “you need to act now.”

With the long-term drought on the West Coast and an abundance of warmer, drier climate, some local Christmas tree growers in Northern California were already worried about their trees last year. When pruning trees to cope with the drought, some growers were left with dry, bleached branches.

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